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What's the difference between meningitis and lyme disease?

I was recently diagnosed with lyme disease and my symptoms fit it to a T, headache, stiff neck, and all. However, my mom is worried because lyme can turn into meningitis and my neck/head are hurting worse than ever. Both have the same symptoms. Is there a way I can tell if it is meningitis without getting a spinal tap (major fear of needles...)


Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges. Meningitis may develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, but also physical injury, cancer or certain drugs

Lyme disease, or borreliosis, is an emerging infectious disease caused by at least three species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia (such as ticks)  (+ info)

How long does it take for Lyme Disease symptoms to appear?

We just found a tick on my dog (golden retriever) and it probably was there since sunday, april 1st. I am concerned that she received Lyme Disease. I would like to know how long it takes for the symptoms of the disease to appear?

The early signs of Lyme disease in dogs are supposed to be loss of appetite, fever and lethargy. Lameness may occur at the same time or may occur later. In some dogs, enlargement of the lymph nodes (usually generalized enlargement) occurs. In dogs, skin signs, heart disease, kidney problems and neurologic signs are reported to be rare. Symptoms of Lyme disease are usually delayed for several months but start to occur about 2 months after exposure and should show up by 5 to 6 months after a dog or
cat is bitten by a tick carrying the bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi).  (+ info)

What is the percentage of nymph deer ticks that carry lyme disease?

Just went to Corolla, NC. We had a towel in the car that turned out to have LOTS of deer tick nymphs on it! (it was white!) Have not found ticks on kids but they are SO SMALL I could miss one. What percentage of nymphs carry lyme? And does anyone know if Lyme has been reported in Nags Head/Corolla NC areas?

A very good question. As I'm to understand ,each generation of ticks must feed on an infected host (most often a mouse) to become infected themselves.
In areas where the adult ticks are 50% infected, it's not unreasonable to believe that nearly that many nymphs are "Lyme +".
Coastal NC is much more likely to have a high % of "sick ticks", though N.C. IS at the lower edge of the infamous Lyme-endemic NorthEast area of the USA.
You can check w/ a local health dept for specifics in that area. (I'm sure SOME of the deer ticks are harboring Lyme, though.)  (+ info)

How do you handle joint pain from lyme disease?

I've recently been diagnosed with lyme disease, and it's been pretty brutal. I've been given antibiotics to handle the infection itself, but my insurance won't cover medication to deal with the arthritis that's developed as a symptom. It hurts too much to walk, sit up straight, move my left arm or even turn my neck. Does anyone here have suggestions for dealing with nasty joint pain like this? I'm only 18 and start school soon.

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"We are what we repeatedly do"
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Can a lyme disease rash be less than an inch and pretty faint and last for months?

I've had a small red ring on my chest for at least three months now. It is faint pink and about 3/4" and clear in the center. I don't remember getting sick or anything. Now it just developed a small red dot in the middle. Am a I being a hypochondriac? Is it expensive to get tested for Lyme disease?

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How long does it take to get lyme diease test results back?

If a lyme diease test result comes back positive, does it take longer for them to determing what stage of lyme diease you are in? This is the 8th day after my test and I'm being told it will not be available until Monday.

This would be a normal time frame because once the first test is positive, it is sent for a more specific test called the western blot or elisa test which takes much longer. This test cannot tell how long you have had this disease - the time frame is often based on your history you gave your physician when talking about your symptoms.  (+ info)

How often is Bells Palsy a symptom of lyme disease? How accurate are blood tests for lyme disease?

My son was put on steroids after being diagnosed with bells palsy. Since he was bite by a deer tick 5 months before any symptoms I am worried he has lyme disease. The blood test was completed and came out negitive. Could the steroids have caused a false negitive?

aaargh!! DEB- FIRST, TAKE YOUR KID OFF ALL STEROIDS UNTIL LYME DISEASE IS RULED OUT BY A QUALIFIED [LYME-LITERATE] DOCTOR!! Why? Steroid use can lead to PERMANENT neurological damage if the disease IS present & allowed to get into places where it normally couldn't, due to the local immune-response suppression that steroids cause. {sigh} PLEASE take heed of this warning.
Now... Bells Palsy is not a "common" symptom but not rare either, though it occurs more in children, and especially when the bite is in the head/ neck area.
As far as the accuracy of Blood tests for Lyme, they are woefully inadequate & miss ABOUT 1/2 the actual cases of Lyme. (I hate having to repeat this over & over, but do some research. It's sadly true.)
Lyme disease remains a clinical diagnosis (see CDC & even IDSA guidelines). The typical ELISA test relies on the body's ability to generate sufficient antibodies to the Lyme spirochete PIECES to be detected by the test. Sometimes there aren't enough...for various reasons.
Finally, steroids can suppress immune response, but I haven't heard that they particularily interfere with the common blood tests for Lyme.
(Oh... and My neurological Lyme symptoms started 4 months after the tick bite. A very common period of time, as I understand.)  (+ info)

Is it possible for a person to get cured from Lyme disease without medication?

I was recently tested and the doctor says that I have Lyme disease antibodies in my system, but I don't have illness itself.
He said that at some point in my life I contracted it, but I don’t have it now.
I was never treated for Lyme Disease!

If your question is whether or not it can be treated without pharmaceutical drugs, the answer is yes- but not without "medication". There are many ways to go about treating Lyme, heavy duty antibiotics being the most commonly accepted. Alternative treatments include hyperbaric chambers, HCl therapy, raw/living foods diet, intensive antimicrobial herbs such as cat's claw, colloidal silver, grapefruitseed extract, or any combination of the above.

The tricky element of this disease is that some things "work" for some people and not for others. By "work" I mean wiping out the majority of the bacteria and creating an environment in the body where they are less likely to reproduce and disseminate again. I have yet to hear of anyone getting rid of it completely, but there are people out there who are have Lyme but are living without symptoms. Some have done it through antibiotic therapy, some have done it via alternative treatments.

Your best bet is to learn all you can, research, and find an experienced practitioner to partner with. No matter what your treatment path of choice is, TREAT IT, and don't try to do it alone, don't experiment, etc. Take it seriously, get support during the process, and get guidance from someone who is experienced in the approaches you are using.

Best of luck.  (+ info)

How long after a tick bites you does it start transmitting possible diseases like lyme disease?

I got a bite this weekend on my foot but it was only there for 3 hours or so, would it have already transmitted the lyme bacteria if it was infected?

Transmission has been demonstrated in less than six hours. It bodes well for you that yours was only three. However, that's no guarantee that you are free and clear. In addition to possible Lyme, you might also have gotten one or more of what are called "co-infections"--other nasty stuff the tick can transmit at the same time as Lyme.

Watch yourself closely over the coming days. Any sign of a rash? Fever? Headache? Dizziness? Flu-like symptoms? All are cause for concern.

Good sources of info about Lyme disease:
http://www.mentalhealthandillness.com/lymeArticles.htm  (+ info)

What are you supposed to do when you have lyme disease and you've found the tick?

My mother got diagnosed with Lyme Disease and given antibiotics for treatment but the doctor was unable to find the tick. We have found what we believe to be the tick, and it seems to be buried into her shoulder. What should we do? Try to dig it out? Put something on it? Or something else?

I don't think ticks usually bury themselves under the skin like that, but I think you should probably go to the hospital to have it checked out ASAP.  (+ info)

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